TV licence could be replaced with ‘household tax’

Tony Hall

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

A’household tax’ could replace BBC licence fee in the next ten years, the corporation’s chief Tony Hall has revealed .

Lord Hall, the BBC director-general, defended the £145.50 a year charge and insisted families would have to pay more if it was replaced with Sky-TV style subscription model.

But he admitted it could be replaced by a new way of funding the corporation, adding: ‘I’ll go along with the argument that’s it got 10 years life in it.’

Speaking on BBC1’s the Andrew Marr Show, Lord Hall said a ‘household tax’ – as proposed by the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee – was a ‘very interesting idea’ reported Daily Mail..

He added there is broad agreement for the licence fee to be reformed to ensure ‘everyone is paying equally for it and I would go along with that’.

Lord Hall said the type of reform is up to the Government to decide and the BBC to debate, adding: ‘It could be a household tax, I don’t know whether that works or not.

‘We suggested ways of reforming it so whatever way you consume and use BBC services you can pay for it and I think somewhere in there lies a solution.’

But he claimed the public were happy with the current set up.

He said : ‘Our audiences, when you ask them, actually think that the case for the licence fee as a method of funding the BBC has gone up and has not gone down. That’s really important.